What comes around, goes around. In their quest for the Super Bowl, the Colts turned away from a chance at football immortality with a perfect season. The football gods took their revenge tonight. The old adage of losing begets losing bit Peyton, Caldwell and most of all, Bill Polan right in the butt.
The Colts were on a roll this season. Everything was going their way. Without a running game to speak of. With a defense that was under rated and not statistically at the top of the stack, the Colts were undefeated. They stole wins against Miami and Baltimore. It seemed like the Colts were well on their way to matching the Patriots record of 16-0 in the regular season and a march to a Super Bowl.
But they made a detour that even many of their fans could not stomach. They almost purposely lost a game and then two in a row. Instead of going into the playoffs undefeated and with terrific momentum, they went in losing two in a row. Just another division winner, nothing that special.
With those two losses they lost their mojo. They looked flat and lucky to beat a mediocre Raven team. They beat the Jets and their rookie QB, but to lose that would have been one of the biggest upsets in history. Beating the Jets handily just made people realize what a travesty it was to throw away a perfect season and give the Jets the win that got them into the playoffs. Then another two weeks till the Super Bowl. The Colts were a cold team who had no momentum or rhythm.
The Saints were a team who had built up a lot of confidence and momentum beating great QBs and teams in Arizona and Minnesota. Now losing those two games on purpose. Giving up the chance to be the greatest team in football history is for nothing.
The Colts end the season without the Super Bowl championship that they made so paramount. The threw away a chance at a perfect season and being one of the elite teams in football history. They are not an elite team, though they may have an elite QB. They are just one of 44 teams who have lost the Super Bowl.
Maybe there is a lesson here. Never ever pass up a chance for a win today for the promise of a win tomorrow. Losing begets losing and bad karma has a way of rolling around right back at you.